The Ocean Decade is working to create an enabling environment for ocean professionals by providing equal opportunities to all through its global platform. The Empowering Women for the Ocean Decade Programme, one of the first Ocean Decade Actions to be endorsed, aims to enhance capacity to explore and promote women’s empowerment in conducting ocean science and in science-dependent governance systems.
Led by Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute of the World Maritime University, the Programme focuses on enhancing ongoing collaborations with partners including government agencies, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, universities, and individuals to deliver substantive research outputs contributing to transformative actions. To further contribute to its targets and goals, the Programme has launched a call to its new Stakeholder Consultative Forum, an advanced platform where participants will have the opportunity to exchange knowledge, support and co-develop good practice to promote women’s empowerment in the Ocean Decade.
The Programme is working to recognize and boost the contribution of women and girls, who are advancing knowledge-led actions for the ocean worldwide to build a more sustainable future for all. Through the new Forum, participants will have the opportunity to connect with peers and world-class professionals in sustainable development. This is a key opportunity to also integrate targets of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life below Water and SDG 5: Gender equality as a powerful tool for breaking down career barriers to women’s participation in ocean science.
Ahead of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Ocean Decade reaffirms its commitment to gender equality, also through engaging local communities and indigenous and local knowledge holders as both providers and people supported for ocean-based solutions, giving equal opportunities, and bringing innovations and technology. Indigenous women play a key role in preserving and sharing traditional knowledge. The Ocean Decade sets up a multidisciplinary framework to uplift cooperation, interlinkages and synergies between gender equality initiatives engaged in creating impact, championing inclusion and diversity.
Join the first information session of the Empowering Women Stakeholder Consultative Forum webinar on 13 February 2023.